Archive for ‘Websites’

November 15th, 2011

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Flowchart

by Carrie

SF Signal and NPR logosLooking for a good science fiction or fantasy book, but don’t know where to start? The science fiction blog SF Signal recently created a flowchart based on NPR’s list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books of all time.

As SF Signal points out, the chart has “(obviously) 100 end points and over 325 decision points.” It’s heavy on the “pithy commentary,” which is amusing even for people like me who don’t normally read these two genres. For example, the question “Cyberpunk?” yields two possible answers: “Yes, I love that Billy Idol album,” or “No, I get enough ‘cyber punks’ on Facebook.”

The flowchart is available as a printable, static chart and as an interactive guide.

October 19th, 2011

Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers

by Carrie

JCPL staff members dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2.Among other things, JCPL geeks costumes, and this year, we’re not only having costume contests for children and dogs, we’re also having a staff costume contest. On October 25th, JCPL staff will dress up for a chance to win in four different categories: Best Book Character, Best Movie Character, Best Music Character, and Most Creative Costume. JCPL customers will decide the winners based on photographs that will be posted in the library from October 25th-31st.

Still searching for an idea for your own Halloween costume? See below for links to literary-inspired ideas:

The Books are Alive!

Costume ideas from The New Yorker.

10 Literary Halloween Costumes

From My favorite is Scout’s ham costume from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Literary Halloween Costumes

Children and adult costume ideas from the book blog, “Apparently Not Deranged.”

Costumes: Literary Inspired

Ideas for homemade children’s costumes from

September 7th, 2011

Save the Words

by Carrie

Old words die off every day, never to be used again. You can explore–and potentially save–some of these words at the Oxford Dictionaries website

Scroll over hundreds of endangered words–snollygoster and lardlet are two of my favorites–to learn their definitions. You can adopt any words that strike your fancy if you promise to “use this word, in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible….”

I adopted starrify, which means to decorate with stars. So here goes my first starrify sentence: “Someone starrified our guest room ceiling with groovy glow-in-the-dark stickers before we moved in.”

June 9th, 2011

Website of the Week: Worldometers

by Carrie

In honor of our adult summer reading theme, Novel Destinations, we’ll be featuring resources that help you explore the world. is a website that teaches about the world through numbers, providing “world statistics updated in real time.” The site syncs with your computer’s time to provide statistics in several different subject areas, including world population, government and economics, the environment, food, and more. Watch the numbers change right before your very eyes!

April 27th, 2011

The Civil War Sesquicentennial

by Carrie

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we’ve created a Civil War Sesquicentennial display in the library. We’ve gathered books, movies, and audiobooks about the Civil War for children, teens, and adults. See below for a selection of adult fiction and nonfiction titles.

The Civil War Trust, an organization “devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields,” is a good source of Civil War information on the web. If you’d like information about the Civil War in Appalachia, try this interactive map from Visit Appalachia. Click on “Regions” to explore significant Civil War sites across Appalachia, including eastern Kentucky.

April 20th, 2011

Poetry on the Web

by Carrie

In honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few of my favorite poetry-related websites.

As their names suggest, both Verse Daily and Poetry Daily publish one poem each day by established and emerging poets. All of the poems first appeared in literary magazines or books, so these sites are good places to find new work that you might like.

Another good source for daily poetry is The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. If you don’t catch it on public radio, you can either read or listen to the program on their website.

If you need a poem about a particular subject or occasion, try the Poetry Foundation’s website, which includes a large database of poems. Search by subject, occasion, holiday, time period, and more.

March 11th, 2011

Tax Tips from the IRS

by Carrie

Calendar showing April 15.The IRS provides Tax Tips via email on topics such as tax deductions and credits, free tax help, and how to e-file. The tips are short and easy to understand. You can subscribe to them here, or you can read them online here.

February 10th, 2011

New Resource Pages on JCPL’s Catalog

by Carrie

Woman using laptopLooking for a job? The best websites to help with homework? Want to learn more about your family history?

To help you find what you’re looking for, JCPL librarians have compiled new resource pages on our catalog. The pages will help you find articles, award-winning movies, new young adult books, and more.

Check out the following great resources:

And remember, we are always happy to help, whether it’s in person, online, or on the phone. Email us at or call the Information Desk at 859-885-3523.

February 8th, 2011

File Your Taxes for Free Online

by Carrie

If you don’t qualify for the free tax help at the library, you can still e-file your federal income taxes for free with IRS Free File. Everyone qualifies. If your 2010 adjusted gross income is less than $58,000, you can use brand-name software from 20 participating companies to file your taxes online. If your 2010 adjusted gross income is more than $58,000, you can use Free File fillable forms, the online versions of the IRS’s paper forms. See the Free File website for more information.

Several software companies offer free e-filing of Kentucky income taxes with certain eligibility requirements. Visit the Kentucky Department of Revenue website for more information.

Want to stick to paper forms? The IRS has sent JCPL most of the federal tax forms, with a few exceptions. Call the library’s Information Desk at 859-885-3523 for more information.

February 4th, 2011

African American History Month

by Carrie

February is African American History Month, a time to honor the struggle, achievements, and contributions of African Americans. To learn more about African American history, stop by the display of books and movies at the front of the library, or visit the following websites:

This site features African American history-related exhibits and collections  from the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and other government agencies.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History founded Black History Month.

From the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site features the best educational websites on African American History.